Sunday, March 29, 2009

Concord Community Concert Assoc. annouces 2009-2010 season

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Talk about a stimulus package! Concord Community Concert Association has been stimulating New Hampshire’s music scene for 78 years with season-long packages of world-class performances. Holding its upbeat note through these downbeat times, the Association announces its upcoming 2009-2010 season at Concord City Auditorium with a special kickoff event this weekend.
(Saturday, March 28, 9am, at The Red Blazer, 72 Manchester Street, Concord)
The 79th season of Concord Community Concerts at City Auditorium opens October 3, 2009, with the REVELS REPERTORY COMPANY new production, “VOICES FROM THE MOUNTAIN”. Back by popular demand after their Hutchinson Family Singers show last season, the REVELS bring American history and musical history to life with large-cast performances. Now they will introduce and celebrate the “Songcatchers” who preserved our nation’s music heritage.
(Google: Revels Repertory Company)
DANIEL RODRIGUEZ, the New York Police Department officer whose soaring tenor voice led the nation in 9/11 remembrances, will fill the Auditorium on November 22, 2009, a lead-in to Thanksgiving week. Leaving the NYPD, Daniel Rodriquez studied for 18 months with his mentor, Placido Domingo, before embarking on the concert career which brings him to Concord City Auditorium.
(Google: Daniel Rodriguez)
HUNT FAMILY FIDDLERS, nine world-ranked Irish step dancers and champion fiddlers, present a February 18, 2010, high-powered show of the original, Celtic, blue grass and inspirational music that has delighted Queen Elizabeth II and international audiences in addition to their national tours and TV appearances.
(Google: Hunt Family Fiddlers)
NUBE (Spanish for “Cloud”) presents “Music for a New World” as the season’s finale on March 10. The ensemble of master musicians exquisitely blends contemporary Latin American and World Music. (Google: NUBE – “Music for a New World”)
The Season’s Membership, $48 until May 15 and $52 afterwards, includes all four concerts. In addition, members are encouraged to bring their children (to age 18) to the concerts without a charge!
PLUS – THE MANTINI SISTERS, the Canadian superstar trio whose April 18, 2009, concert ends the current 08-09 season, is a free bonus ticket for all new members of the association. Their show celebrates “The Ladies of Broadway” with music from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Andrew Lloyd Webber.
(Google: Mantini Sisters)
In 1930, when Concord was sinking into the Great Depression, a local music teacher named Dorothy Sanborn worried that the community would have years without music, that children would grow up never hearing a live performance, that the city’s arts traditions would die out. She recruited two fellow teachers, contacted the Columbia Artists agency in New York, and started the Concord Community Concert Association to be staffed by local volunteer supporters. For three affordable dollars, Concord folks could buy a season pass to hear performances by touring professional musicians…and bring their children along for free.
Now 2009. Concord may not be sinking, but not much is flying high except for Dorothy Sanborn’s wonderful idea, alive and well and starting its 79th season. The next round of four live concerts is booked, a new generation of volunteers is staffing the series, and at $12 max a ticket, the series is still the most affordable music in town. Plus, the series has added two special features: a reciprocal agreement adding the six-concert series of the Nashua Community Concert Association (which makes a single tix cost $4.80!) and a special Student Outreach Series, with the star performers presenting free educational matinee concerts for area school children.
The Concord Community Concert Association holds its 2009-2010 season kickoff breakfast on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 9am at the Red Blazer Restaurant, 72 Manchester Street in Concord. The Association welcomes everyone who would like to join the volunteer team which manages the program.
For further information, season membership forms, or to volunteer, please call June Iffland, 228-0660, or email

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